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January 7, 2014

Winter travel safety tips

DANVILLE — The Illinois State Police issued the following winter travel safety tips in light of the snow-packed, icy conditions affecting I-74 and other local interstates:

  1. Only use cruise control on dry surfaces
  2. If you lose traction gradually slow down; do not slam on the brakes
  3. Use caution when driving on bridges and ramps; frost forms on these surfaces first
  4. Be careful when approaching shaded areas; this is the last place for ice and snow to melt.

Basic driving tips are the same all year: Don’t drink and drive. Slow down. Always wear your seatbelt. No texting.

Vehicle maintenance tips:

  1. Check the tread on your tires.
  2. Check the windshield wipers for cracks and wear, and fill your windshield fluid reservoir.
  3. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent water build up that can freeze the line and to ensure you have enough gas for heat if you are stranded.
  4. Check your lights and drive with them on during daylight hours in fog or precipitation. 

Additional equipment you should put in your vehicle:

  1. Tools (jack, lug wrench)
  2. Bottled water and non-perishable food
  3. Extra warm clothes, boots, hats and gloves
  4. Ice scraper and flashlight with fresh batteries
  5. First aid kit and jumper cables
  6. Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
  7. A bright-colored cloth to tie on your antennae as a flag if you are stranded
  8. An old cell phone with car charger — a deactivated phone will activate when 9-1-1 is dialed.


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    Preliminary reports had as many as three people with gunshot wounds. Ambulances were called to assist two of the people with wounds to the leg and one with a chest wound.

    The investigation continued Friday evening.

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  • Elementary students to tackle math problems DANVILLE -- First-graders from all eight of Danville's elementary schools will tackle story problems, progressive computation, multiplication, fractions and even algebra at the third annual Danville District 118 First-Grade Math Challenge next week.

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  • Arena sells autographed posters on eBay DANVILLE - Want a piece of history from the David S. Palmer Arena? Several autographed posters are up for eBay auction right now from artists who've performed through the years at the arena. There are posters signed by Jason Aldean, Rodney Carrington

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  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls: Wednesday, 10:18-10:39 a.m. -- A false alarm at 1900 E. Main St. Wednesday, 12:02-12:14 p.m. -- A medical call in the 100 block of South Gilbert Street. Wednesday, 7:55-8:02 p.m. -- A medical call

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